AASHTO Journal

Indiana Governor, DOT Award Record $150M for Community Crossings Initiative

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness said they have awarded a record $150 million in state matching funds for local road projects to 396 communities under the state's "Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative."

Indiana's DOT is among those for a number of states in which the department has a specific program to support local roadway infrastructure projects that are outside the state-maintained system.

capitol0816.jpg"Superior local roads are a key factor in maintaining Indiana's reputation as the Crossroads of America," said Holcomb. "I am encouraged that a record number of communities applied for and received funds this year, and I'm grateful to lawmakers for increasing the funding to sustain the Community Crossings Initiative."

The Indiana General Assembly created that program in 2016, and it awards grants from the state's local road and bridge matching fund.

To qualify, local governments must also provide local matching funds – 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller ones – from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges.

In just its second year the Community Crossings Initiative has awarded nearly $300 million in state matching funds to local governments for road construction projects, INDOT said. This year, 467 communities applied for funds – a 48 percent increase from 2016.

"Across Indiana, local communities are recognizing the need to invest in fixing and improving their infrastructure," McGuinness said Sept. 20. "The projects funded today will help build smoother roads and stronger bridges in every corner of the state."

State law requires that 50 percent of available matching funds be awarded each year to communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer.

The list of all communities receiving matching funds in 2017 is available here.

Questions regarding this article may be directed to editor@aashtojournal.org.

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